Keynote 1: Technology Education for the Future
Thursday 7 January, 11:00 "Meeting opening & keynote"
Geir Øien, Professor, NTNU
Øien is the project leader for the NTNU Project “Technology Education for the Future”
The aim of the project “Technology Education for the Future” is to develop the science and engineering education at NTNU from 2025 onwards for the 21st century. The first part of the project has been the development of guiding principles, based on a review of international state-of-the-art in technology education, expressed expectations from key stakeholders to NTNUs technology educations, and NTNU's own strategic ambitions. We have just finished the hearings with internal and external stakeholders and will continue towards the development and implementation of curriculum design, quality development structures, and incentive structures.
Keynote 2: Thoughts on the Future of Higher Education: Lessons from 20 Years of Experimentation at Olin College
Thursday 7 January, 14:10
Richard Miller, President Emeritus (and current Professor) at Olin College of Engineering, Jerome C. Hunsaker Visiting Professor at MIT
In an effort to remake engineering education, starting in 1999, Olin College, with $460 million of support from the F.W. Olin Foundation, began an effort to start over in engineering education. What does it mean to be an engineer in the 21st Century? What does it mean to be "educated" today? With the mission to become an important and constant contributor to engineering education in America and throughout the world, Olin has now influenced more than 800 universities from more than 50 nations in the last 10 years. This was achieved through a culture of bold experimentation and collaboration: no academic departments or tenure, everything has an "expiration date." The average Olin graduate today has completed more than 20 design-build team projects, and explored starting a business. Reflecting back after 20+ years, we now realize that the observations and insights obtained are not at all limited to engineering. They apply to all forms of education. At this moment when higher education has never been more important, this talk will reflect on lessons learned that point the way for the future of undergraduate education in every discipline.
Keynote 3: A good start - Designing the first two years of a master programme
Friday 8 January, 10:00 "Welcome & keynote"
Lars Lundheim, Professor, NTNU
Five years from high school to an engineering degree may seem a long time. But when we think about the large transformation in knowledge, skills and mindset we would like to take place in each student, we have to act fast. In the integrated master program Electronic system design and innovation at The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, an effort has taken place since 2014 to remodel the first two of the five years in order to secure mastery and motivation and thus give a good start of the education. Experiences from the process will be shared in the talk.